After the MoVida’s win against the Green team, it was time for another Service Brigade Challenge in MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 23. The challenge was held in the MasterChef kitchen, and the chefs against whom the cooks will be cooking belonged to Lucy Liu.
MasterChef Australia Judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo distributed Masterchef badges to the remaining 8 contestants. Kishwar, Brent, Tom and Aaron get the printed badges and become the Red team that will cook against Lucy Liu chefs.
The twist in MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 23 was the choice of the pantry – Eastern or European. The chefs win the toss and choose the Eastern pantry, and the red team gets the European pantry. Both the teams have to cook a 3-course meal in two and a half hours for 20 diners and the judges. The contestants were allowed to cook any dish, but they should feature the ingredients from the respective pantries.
Lucy Liu chefs played it safe and recreated some of their famous dishes from the restaurant. For entrée, the chefs cooked their sashimi with their famous dressing. Well, they did mention that they use specific brands of sauces and soy to make the dressing. Strange to hear it from the professionals. The judges loved the dish and the dressing but were not impressed with the leaves garnishing on the top.
On the other hand, the Red team is worried about creating the best dishes as they, too, wanted the Eastern pantry. But without wasting any time sulking over it, the cooks decide to make the most out of what’s there in front of them. For entrée, the cooks served two crispy fried zucchini flowers stuffed with scampi mousse and tarragon mayonnaise. Initially, they were going to serve just one, but the judges insisted that one would not be enough. The judges loved their dish better than what the chefs served.
For the main course of MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 23’s challenge, Lucy Liu served another classic from their menu called Korean san choy bow with musaengchae. I must say that the dish looked vibrant and delicious. The judges loved their main course and had no flaw to pick up. In the Red team, Kishwar cooked North African-style black curry with oxtail and roti. Making the rotis was a tedious task as time was running fast. But it was amazing to see one of the chefs help her to make the rotis.
Well, another curry wins the belly. Andy, Melissa and Jock were impressed with Kishwar’s skills to make such a great curry using the European pantry. Mel says that only Kishwar could pull that off, and Jock describes it as a ‘mic drop situation’. That’s when we know that the ball is in the Red team’s court. The dessert will be the deciding factor about who won the challenge.
Tom from the Red team went out of the way for the dessert. He served a seven-layer cake – berry, white chocolate entremet, hazelnut sable, hazelnut financier, raspberry milk, blackberry jelly and white chocolate mirror glaze. The judges felt that the dessert didn’t do justice to Tom’s efforts in making it. Lucy Liu stuck to their classic and served chocolate condensed milk dessert, which honestly looked ghastly. The judges liked the dessert, but Mel’s facial expressions were me because it was not something to expect professional chefs to plate.
MasterChef Australia Season 13’s latest episode ended with the Red team winning the Service Brigade challenge. Thanks to the super tasty entrée and main course, Kishwar, Tom, Brent and Aaron are now safe from Sunday’s elimination.
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 23: What’s next?
The last team consisting of Sabina, Pete, Justin and Amir will compete against Stokehouse chefs at their restaurant in the next episode.
MasterChef Australia Season 13 Episode 23 is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.